Air pollution is a global problem with far-reaching impacts due to its transboundary nature. It is the one of the greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the main avoidable causes of death and disease globally causing an estimated 7 million premature deaths every year. To raise awareness and mobilize global action to address air pollution the UN General Assembly designated 7 September as the International Day of Clean Air for blue skies. The 2021 theme is “Healthy Air, Healthy Planet” which emphasizes the correlation between human and planetary health in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

We are pleased to invite you to join this year’s celebrations and engage in a high-level dialogue among experts and government representatives on policy and actions to tackle air pollution. The event will also discuss findings of key UNEP reports on the subject. The session will be hosted by Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director and moderated by Andrea Hinwood, UNEP Chief Scientist and will include panellists from the civil society, academia as well as government leaders discussing the impact of air pollution on health, the economy and climate, remaining challenges and gaps, as well as successful policies and actions.

Join us on Tuesday, 7 September at 4 p.m. EAT

Find more information here.

Connection details will be shared soon.

UNEP contact person for the event: Sonia Bindra <>